Ohio State takes a 2-1 series lead, will host the outdoor Dual April 11 in Columbus

COLUMBUS, Ohio The Ohio State men’s track and field team put on an emotional and all-around impressive performance in defeating its rival and 17th-ranked Michigan, 85-77, Saturday afternoon at the U-M Indoor Track Building in Ann Arbor, Mich.

With the victory, the Buckeyes take a 2-1 lead in the series with three meetings remaining in the three-year agreement. Michigan won the first event last January before the Buckeyes won the outdoor event last April and again today. More importantly, the Buckeyes hold on to the traveling Dual pennant.

Ohio State will host the Wolverines during the outdoor season April 11 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus.

“I was very pleased with the entire team,” head coach Robert Gary said. “We had a bunch of fantastic performances and I was real happy with the competitiveness of our team. The Dual is a great concept and rewards balanced teamsevery event contributes to the score.”

Notable highlights pointed out by Coach Gary were Jeff See’s double win in the mile and 3000m runs, Stephen Robinson’s upset of All-American Adam Harris in the 200m, Brandon Woodard’s win in the 600m, Patrick Whalen’s win in the shot put and second-place finish in the weight throw and freshman Thomas Murdaugh’s win in the 400m.

“It was an awesome event,” Gary said. “Most of all I loved how we competed and how the team was very much involved in what each other were doing. We will need that kind of teamwork at the Big Ten meet.”

Whalen won the shot put for the second year in a row with a toss of 17.36m, defeating second-place Sean Pruitt who threw 16.77m. The two flip-flopped in the weight throw, with Whalen coming in second with a throw of 18.62m.

In the pole vault, Bryan Chard set a Dual meet record, clearing 5.00m and breaking Kyle Burns old record of 4.9m set last season. Anthony Amore was second, clearing 4.75m.

Michigan’s John Kipf barely defeated Ryan Blake in the high jump, clearing 2.06m while Blake came in at 2.01m.

See was dominant in the mile run, winning in a time of 4:06.39. He was followed by freshman Cory Leslie who came in second at 4:10.23. See then outlasted Sean McNamara of Michigan in the 3000m run, finishing first and setting a Dual meet record with a time of 8:11.39.

Robinson and Harris had quite an afternoon, battling neck and neck in the 60 and 200m dashes. Harris would edge Robinson in the 60m by .02 seconds, but Robinson rebounded in the 200m to upset the All-American and tied the 16-year-old Dual meet record in the process with a time of 21.68. Harris came in at 21.69.

Murdaugh teamed up with senior Matt Comer to give the Buckeyes eight more points, taking 1-2 in the 400m dash with times of 48.84 and 49.14, respectively.

Then in the 600m run, Woodard finished ahead of Michigan’s Ricky Fleming at 1:22.24 while Fleming was close behind at 1:22.63.

Topping off an impressive afternoon for the Buckeyes was the winning 4x400m relay team (3:17.10) of Woodard, Elon Simms, Robinson and Murdaugh.

Ohio State will have a week off before returning to action Jan. 30-31 at the Penn State National Invitational.